(Face-Off Series #1)
Publication date: February 15th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Former collegiate athlete and successful sports agent, Charlotte “Coach” Coachman, is a straight shooter who has a very strict policy—no dating clients. The loves of her life are coaching little league basketball and managing the careers of her players, leaving no room for men.Coach hasn’t met an athlete she couldn’t handle and a deal she couldn’t close—until she meets Alex Parker—the NHL’s most notorious bad boy both on and off the ice.
Alex is the best defenseman in the league, breaking records along with hearts. He’s made a name for himself as a womanizer, and after a scandal involving the owner’s granddaughter, Alex is traded to Philadelphia. Still reeling from the loss of his father, Alex is on a downward spiral, drowning himself in booze and women, until Coach takes him under her wing.
She might be attracted to the sexy hockey star, and certainly not immune to his charms, but Coach can see that Alex needs her help, and coaching players is what she does best. Now that the lines are blurred and the passion between them is too strong to deny, Coach has to decide if Alex is worth making an exception to her rules.
Who doesn't enjoy a good story in which the intrepid hero, who, more often than not, is a manwhore, meets his match in a sassy, take no ish female? That's what we get with Alex and Coach. But what I liked about this story is that right from the start, Coach makes it known that she won't fall for the games Alex uses to hook up with all the puck bunnies. I liked even more that Alex was smart enough to realize from the first time they met that his charms won't work on Coach and it seems to humble him. At the start, Coach does what she can to keep her rules intact, but the more time she spends with Alex, the more her feelings change. And Coach seems to be a positive influence on Alex as well. Their blossoming relationship might be unorthodox, but it works for them. I really enjoyed this story and I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.
Jillian loves Mafia men, sports, bad boys, dirty talkers, strong female characters, and books with plenty of heat, all of which you will find in her books. As a lover of all things bookish, she has a serious book hoarding problem and runs a book blog in her free time. When she's not reading, writing, or blogging, she's obsessively fangirling over hockey players and can be found wherever she can catch the next hockey game.
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